Photographer's Note

The Image
A coffeeshop's coffee-boss opening up cans of milk, preparing for the next wave of customers. On the shelves, cups with milk/sugar sits ready, waiting to be filled with coffee/tea and boiling water.

The Background
The Coffee-boss, locally know in hokkien as the "Tao Chiu" literally translated - the First or Lead Hand.

The coffee-boss' could be considered as the foreman of a coffeeshop, but he is more than that, he is the Beverage Specialist.

In Singapore and most of SE Asia, the traditional Coffee Shop don't use percolators etc to make coffee and tea. The coffee-boss will brew them by hand, a skilled Coffee-boss can develop his own technique and taste.

This is the man who will help the coffeeshop owner select the coffee-powder,tealeaves, sugar etc. - don't expect instant coffee and teabags here.

He is the one who knows exactly how to prepare a great cup of beverage while using just the right amount of ingredients. A good Coffee-boss will have a growing base of happy customers while not breaking your budget.

A few local beverage terms used in Singapore, Kopi is the malay term for Coffee, substitute it with the word "Teh" for Tea.

Kopi - coffee, milk, sugar
Kopi Or - black coffee with sugar,no milk
Kopi Gao - Expresso with milk and sugar
Kopi Kosong - black coffee no sugar
Kopi Si - coffee with evaporated milk and sugar
Kopi Si Kosong - coffee with evaporated milk only

Inventive coffee-bosses can also brew their own versions of the cuppuccino and latte, all by hand.

So what'll you have?

The Tech
This was a failure.

A chance shot in weak indoor lighting taken with the wrong setting - shutter priority, it was very underexposed.
By adjusting the gamma/constrast/noise reduction/USM, a barely passable BW version was salvaged. I'm still trying to do further processing to get rid of noise. Will UL those as WS. See if you can help me out with this.

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